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JAMMU: Representatives of several political, social and traders organisations on Tuesday met Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and projected their demands and issues.
Opposition National Conference (NC) pitched for granting “regional autonomy” to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh during a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here.
The party said that setting up autonomous administrative structures for sub-regions on the pattern of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council will help address regional aspirations of the people.
Expressing satisfaction over the “assurance” of the Union Home Minister on Article 35A, the NC voiced hope that it will be reflected in the way the Centre represents its case in Supreme Court.
The National Conference will support every move aimed at bringing peace in the State, provided these take care of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the unique identity of its people, the NC’s provincial president Devender Singh Rana, who led a 25-member delegation, told reporters after the 40-minute meeting with Singh.
“We strongly believe that autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and regional autonomy to the three regions with autonomous administrative structures for sub-regions on the pattern of Ladakh Hill Development Council can defeat the nefarious designs of the forces, which want trifurcation of the State for their petty political interests,” Rana said.
On the issue of Rohingyas, Rana reiterated the stand of the National Conference, saying that the Centre can take a call on the issue under Foreign Nationals Act and the UN Charter.
The delegation comprised of former ministers Surjeet Singh Slathia, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Abdul Gani Malik, Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, Babu Rampal, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy, Jagjeevan Lal, former MP Sheikh Abdul Rehman, MLA Dr Kamal Arora, former Legislators Rattan Lal Gupta, Th Kashmira Singh, Th Rachpal Singh, Ajaz Jan, Vijay Bakaya, Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Dr Chaman Lal, Brij Mohan Sharma, Master Noor Hussain, Provincial Vice President Gurdeep Singh Sasan, District President Dharamveer Singh Jamwal and Spokesperson, S.S Bunty.
The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and demanded imposition of Governor’s rule in the State, alleging terrorism has grown and law and order worsened under the BJP-PDP Government.
A JKNPP delegation led by its chairman Harsh Dev Singh called on the Home Minister and submitted a memorandum.
“A brief spell of governor’s rule in the State should be followed by fresh elections, as the people of all the three regions have rejected the unholy and opportunist alliance of BJP and PDP,” he said.
The members of the delegation included Balwant Singh Mankotia, Yash Paul Kundal, Anita Thakur, Manju Singh, Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Paramjit Marshall, Shanker Singh Chib and Rash Paul Singh.
A delegation of senior leaders of JKPCC called on the Home Minister Rajnath Singh and expressed concern over the overall security scenario and political atmosphere of uncertainty, confusion and contradictions on various sensitive issues especially due to divergent and contradictory statements and stands of two ruling parties.
The delegation led by PCC Senior Vice President, Sham Lal Sharma comprised of CLP leader N Rigzin Jora, Deputy Leader Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Vice Presidents G.M Saroori MLA, Mula Ram, Raman Bhalla, former Ministers R.S Chib, Jugal Kishore, Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma, Naresh Gupta and Th. Balbir Singh-MLCs.
The delegation highlighted the issue of border residents and victims of firing by fulfilling the commitment of five Marla plots and other benefits as was done to Chhamb area residents during UPA Government and demanded extending monetary benefits and proper rehabilitation of the Nowshera border migrants.
President National Mazdoor Conference (NMC), Subash Shastri submitted a memorandum to the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh highlighting the demands relating to salaried class/pensioners and 61,000 daily rated workers and other categories of service class.
In a memorandum submitted to Singh, Shastri said that State Government has already announced to extend the benefits of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations to its employees and pensioners with effect from April 1, 2018, obviously this step may have been taken paucity of Budget to defray the aforesaid benefits, hence the role of the Central Government has become inevitable to provide immediate special financial package of Rs 9000 crore to meet the release of arrears and regularisation of the services of 61,000 daily rated workers in one go.
A delegation of All Jammu Civil Society Forum (AJCSF) under the aegis of Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) J&K led by Th Gulchain Singh Charak, President DSS met the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and presented a memorandum. He apprised the Home Minister that the memorandum presented to him in September 2016 when he led the All Party Parliamentary delegation last year and even its follow up have achieved nothing.
Charak and Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal highlighted various hardships and discriminations with the Jammu region and the armed forces ex-servicemen fraternity. The delegation included J&K State Director of the War Decorated (India) Col, Dr Virendra K Sahi, Col Karan Singh Vice President DSS; Prem Sagar Gupta General Secretary DSS; Anil Suri General Secretary AJCSF; Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, Educationist/Journalist; Syed Amanat Ali Shah President of Anjuman-e-Imami and Secretary DSS and S. Peter-President Christian Dalit Society Jammu.
A deputation of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Jammu and Kashmir comprising Leela Karan Sharma, State VHP President, Shakti Dutt Sharma, Surinder Mohan Aggarwal, Karan Singh Charak and Sudershan Khajuria met the Home Minister and submitted a memorandum. “Jammu region is only the stumbling block in the attempt of the separatist and Islamic organisations supported by Pakistan to convert the J and K State into a Muslim State and with this object the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis are being settled in Jammu to change the demography of Jammu which will not only provide hideouts to anti-nationals but also help them in committing crimes and if this is not checked and these foreigners are not deported, it may result into a volatile situation. The educated youth of Jammu are being deprived of their due share in government employment. Recently out of 12 Judicial Officers (Munsiffs) selected, 10 were Muslims, only two were Hindus out of which one is SC which is the constitutional requirement and one is the daughter of a Cabinet Minister”, the memorandum reads. “Similar is the case with lecturers and professors appointed in Jammu Medical College as well as in the Kashmir Administration Service exams. The PSC member appointed from Jammu are incompetent and works under the dictates of their masters from Kashmir”, the memo alleged adding nothing has been done so far with respect to the settlement of West Pak refugees and Article 35A.
A delegation of university teachers from the University of Jammu and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST Jammu) met the Union Home Minister here.
The delegation apprised the Home Minister about the important issues concerning higher education in the Jammu region and other socio-political issues. The delegation requested the Home Minister for the reservation of seats in professional colleges within and outside J and K for wards of West Pak Refugees and Migrants from PoJK, who are facing harsh conditions and feel alienated. The civil society of Jammu is extremely disturbed by the illegal settlement of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in Jammu and Samba districts and the delegation sought their immediate deportation.
The members of the delegation were Prof Naresh Padha, Prof. Prakash Chand, Dr Virender Kundal, Dr Rajinder Peshin and Dr Permendra Singh.
A delegation of Federation of Industries led by its Chairman, Rajesh Jain met Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the difficulties being faced by industries in J and K which have been aggravated by the GST regime.
“Extend Income Tax Exemption for at least 10 years to all old / existing units and Public sector undertaking like rail coach factory, sugar mill, fertilizer plants, defence production unit, automobile sector, etc. with spin off benefits in terms of ancillarisation, generation of employment, procurement of local raw materials, etc. be established in J and K, the memorandum read.
A composite joint delegation of all organisations of DPs of 1947, 1965 and 1971 of PoJK including Jammu Kashmir Sharnarthi Action Committee represented by Gurdev Singh President, MJR-47 represented by Convener J.S Sudan and Suchwant Singh met Home Minister, Rajnath Singh.The leaders highlighted issues concerning the rehabilitation of DPs of all the categories including compensation of left out properties, employment package of their wards in State and Central Governments, non inclusion of 5,300 DP families, another lot of 9,500 bonafide families residing in State debarred from getting ex-gratia relief provided by GoI in 1960-62 on certain unwanted conditions which were later on waived off and delay in disbursement of the instant package of Rs. 5.5 lakh.
Jammu Muslim Front delegation led by its Chairman, Shuja Zaffar and President, Imran Qazi met Home Minister and put forward Front’s point of view. The delegation demanded special package to address the plight of Jammu Dogra Muslims.
A deputation of Jammu Warriors Front led by its President, Rajesh Gupta also called on Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh.
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